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Interview

Giaime Meloni: "When I take a photo, I’m taking a sample from the reality"

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Futures Photography
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March 24, 2020
Meet Giaime Meloni, nominated for Futures in 2019 by CAMERA – Centro Italiano per la Fotografia. Meloni is a visual researcher with a PhD in Architecture, currently living between two islands: Île-de-⁠France and Sardinia.

“Taking photos is, for me, a way to deal with my visual obsessions in terms of forms, spaces, lights.” The aim of his work is to explore the role of the photography as a sensible instrument⁠ to narrate the space complexity. ⁠

In this interview, he talks about his inspirations and career:

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Can you explain us a little bit about your inspirations? What are the main themes in your practice?

I find inspiration in the ordinary life that I live every day. Taking photos is, for me, a way to deal with my visual obsessions in terms of forms, spaces, lights. I can’t identify a theme in my practice but I could speak about a way to take photos. I conceive images as a part of my research focused on illusions that photography can create when I reproduce the reality in the frame. Every time when I take a photos, I’m taking a sample from the reality and I collected it. This concept of sample as an image is for me the most important concept of my practice right now.

How do you see your relationship with photography? How do you deal with this medium to express your art?

The images provide a tangible proof of my presence in the territory, in a certain way they documented it. However, I would like to take distance compared to the documentation – and strictly documentary photography – in order to provide a more universal reflection on our relationship with the space.

Can you tell us a bit more projects that you have been working with?

Right now, I’m working in a long terms project call Columns of Cultures. This project aims to explore the plural identity of the Mediterranean area through a visual research on two symbolic figures: the column and the palm tree. By this work I would like to reinterpret the visual stereotypes of this two « objects ». This relationship of forms allows me to merge the two elements in the creation of a single totemic object capable of reunifying the cultures occupying the geographical context of the Mediterranean around a common image.

How has been the experience of being a talent selected for Futures? How can Futures help with your career?

From my point of view being a talent select for Futures by Camera was a great opportunity to questioning my practice by the workshop programs realized by the curatorial team. This experience gives me the possibility to increase my body of work. Futures is not only a new important line on my artistic CV but it is a great opportunity to meet people that are important for your « future ».  

Can you share with us a little bit about your plans for the future after being part of the platform? Do you have any new project in mind?

Actually, I’m focusing my attention on the photographic act itself in order to questioning the classic and maybe romantic approach to take pictures in the era of post-photography. I don’t really know what kind of form this first ideas can take in a project, for the moment it is just a personal need to continue working.

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